Start-up and Break-in
Many debates have been had and wars fought about the initial start-up and break-in steps. Some stick to the instructions while others fire it up and "let 'er rip!".
We believe there is a happy middle ground and some key principles to understand.
- You need to break in the engine. This helps set all the seals and flush any microscopic metal shavings still inside the engine from the manufacturer.
- Whether you follow a 1hr x 1hr x 1hr process, or a 1hr x 5hr x 20 hour process, or the vague instructions that come with it.:
Personally, I followed some expert and time tested instructions I found over at GeneratorGrid.com
I like his step by step detailed process so I won't try and re-create one here.
There are a couple things I did in addition.
- Replaced the Spark Plug with an iridium one. They are inexpensive and I feel more confident in it than the one that comes with it. I carry the original as a back up in my Generator Parts Kit.
- I replaced the dipstick with a Magnetic Engine Oil Dipstick. Another inexpensive upgrade that I feel more confident in picking up some more of the metal shavings found in the oil.
- I also switched to full synthetic oil after my final break-in oil change. I know a good diesel oil works well also. I am comfortable with the full synthetic.
- I fill up my No-Spill Gas Can with Sta-bil fuel stabilizer before I even put in the gas. This way I know the measurements are accurate and I know that if I end up storing it for a longer period the Sta-bil is already in.
The bottom line is that these generators do need a break in period. Sure, as outliers, some will fire one up and not change the oil for 10k hours and be just fine while others will follow a step by step break in period and have an issue in 50 hours. In general, we believe those that do a good break-in period like the one linked above will have generators that last longer and run better.